Excerpt: The world has changed. It’s been thirty years since the end of The Lost Age and the appearance of the titular Golden Sun, and its effects are still being felt to this day. The entire planet has reformed; continents have been destroyed and remade, the ocean levels have lowered, and every last remnant of the former realm of Weyward has been affected.
Excerpt: The Japanese-style role-playing game doesn’t lend itself well to direct sequels. Their entire premise depends on characters exploring the entire world to completion, so what’s supposed to happen next? The original Golden Sun and its 2003 sequel succeeded by telling a single story over two games. Failures include Final Fantasy X-2, which turned players into tourists in its old game world—then it made fun of tourists.
Return To A Lost Age Of Boring Storytelling And Enjoyable Puzzle-Solving
6 December 2010
Conclusion: Concept: Revisit a revered handheld RPG series seven years after its last entry
Graphics: The spectacle isn’t as impressive as Dragon Quest IX, but summons and certain set pieces look great
Sound: Generic sweeping fantasy fare gets the job done but isn’t remotely memorable
Playability: Incredibly forgiving combat and fun puzzle-solving make this one of the best beginner RPGs ever
Entertainment: If you can get past the bland story and mindless battles, there’s a...
Conclusion: Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is mostly what we were waiting for in a sequel to the classic original titles. With just about everything you can expect from the series brought over onto the DS, this game features the high production values and classic jRPG gameplay coupled with the rewarding puzzles and unique Djinn battle system. Fans of the series may be turned off by the lack of difficulty, excessive dialogue, and scattered storyline.
Summary: Golden Sun: Dark Dawn picks up 30 years after the first two games in the series left off. At the end of Golden Sun: The Lost Age, the heroes succeeded in bringing the world-healing power of the Golden Sun back to the world of Weyard. In the years since, the immense power of the Golden Sun has changed nearly everything.